John Daughenbaugh, Supervisor
106 W. Sycamore Street
Snow Shoe, PA 16874
Phone: 814-387-6000
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Barbara A. Daughenbaugh, Supervisor
228 S Pennsylvania Ave
P.O. Box 579
Centre Hall, PA 16828
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Chester Houdeshell

Chester A Houdeshell

Sunday, December 26th, 1943 - Thursday, March 5th, 2020
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Chester A. Houdeshell, 76, of Pine Glen, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at his home with his wife by his side. Born on December 26, 1943, in Clarence, he was the son of the late William A. and Marcella I. (Snedden) Houdeshell. On September 2, 1978, at the Dormition of the Mother (St. Mary’s) Byzantine Catholic Church in Clarence, he married Mildred M. “Millie” Biggans who survives at home.

Chester attended Bald Eagle Area High School. He was employed as a Plumber for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railroad, retiring in 2010 after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Dormition of the Mother (St. Mary’s) Byzantine Catholic Church in Clarence.

Chester enlisted in the US Army on March 19, 1962 where he earned the rank of PFC and qualified as a marksman (Riffle M-I) and EXPERT (Rifle M-14) before receiving his honorable discharge on March 18, 1965.

Chester was a proud and active member of the Snow Shoe Area Lions Club, where he along with Norman Hahn, chaired the BBQ stand and taught many members the right technique of barbequing chicken for many years. He also worked the Bingo stand for the Lions Club at the Snow Shoe Carnival for many years. He was a member of the Clarence American Legion, Post 813, and a life member of the Pine Glen Fire Company.

He enjoyed tinkering around his house, hunting and working with wood. He had a huge heart and would help anyone that asked. He was a friend to all. His biggest thrill was spending time with his grandchildren.

Chester is survived by his wife, four sons: Stacey A. Houdeshell-Nickol-Reiter of Bellefonte, Benjamin J. Houdeshell and his wife, Angela, of Annapolis, MD, Tobias J. Houdeshell and his wife, Beth, of Doylestown, and Christopher R. Houdeshell and his wife, Danielle, of State College; five grandchildren: Owen, Logan, Molly, Madisyn, and Finley, and one brother, W. Daniel Houdeshell and his wife, Bonnie, of Pine Glen.

Along with his parents, Chester was preceded in death by a daughter, Danette Reiter, and three brothers: Howard F. Washburn, Fredrick W. Houdeshell, and Orvis L. Houdeshell.

There will be a visitation on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 10-11am at the Daughenbaugh Funeral Home in Snow Shoe, with a Lions Prayer Service at 11am and a Parastas Service to follow. Funeral Mass will Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11:30am at the Dormition of the Mother (St. Mary’s) Byzantine Catholic Church in Clarence with Father James Ragan officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at the St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Clarence.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, 106 W. Sycamore St. Snow Shoe. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Daughenbaugh Funeral Home
    106 W. Sycamore St.
    SNOW SHOE, PA 16874
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  • Wake Service 1

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Lions Memorial Service
  • Wake Service 2

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 11:15am
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 11:15am
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 11:30am
    Dormition of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church
    Clarence Rd
    CLARENCE, PA 16829
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    Father James Ragan
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery
    Snow Shoe Township
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Donna Stanton

Posted at 07:23pm
About your loss my thoughts are with the family and Friends way way back I was in love with Orvis he was my everything but things go on and don't turn out they want to tell him Chester when you get up there, much love he had my mom and dad both loved him like they were his son Ruby and Fred this is a mistake my thoughts are prayers are with you always

Herb Maney

Posted at 01:53am
Our sincere sympathy to Millie, the boys, and the families of our long time dear friend "Chestnut ". We had many good times while woring hard at my brother's place as well as working building the tanker body for the Pine Glen Fire Company which is still in use ! Chet was instrumental in keeping the fire company going with the bingo as well as in securing the school building now used as a community proud fire hall ! Chet was an avid helper throughout the area with!any projects including the Fall festival . Rest in Peace my brother ,your well deserved rest is at hand !

Love, The Smedley Family

Posted at 12:37pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.
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Posted at 12:27pm
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